For the second consecutive week, Yamaha’s Josh Hill finished on the Supercross podium, moving up to a second place finish at Anaheim 2. While teammate and current Supercross Champion, James Stewart finished third. After more than a solid week of record level rainfall in Southern California, Round 3 of the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, started Saturday afternoon with clear skies and a remarkably dry track.
After a week of pounding rain, the third round of the 2010 AMA / FIM Supercross series went off as scheduled at Angel’s Stadium. Although Chad Reed, one of the anticipated players in this season’s burgeoning Supercross drama was absent with a broken hand, there were still enough emerging new talent to maintain the excitement.
Beat-up from Supercross round 2, James Stewart got a terrific start to round 3. Riding through some serious pain, Stewart was second off the first turn at the 2010 Supercross race at Anaheim 2. Breathing the fumes of his teammate Josh Hill for a brief stint, Stewart then busted into the lead during the first lap.
We had the chance to walk the track with James prior to the Anaheim 2 race. Spending most of the week in therapy, James was certainly walking slower than normal. His mood was more sedate than normal.
Click video for the complete 2010 Anaheim 2 Supercross race wrap-up from Jason Weigandt and Jim Holley.
The 2010 Supercross season continues to get more and more exciting. Round 3 unfolded last night at Anaheim 2 with a great battle toward the front of the pack. Austin Stroupe took the hole shot and won the $1,500 Spike Holeshot Award on his Suzuki.
Yamaha’s radical new 2010 YZ450F with the rear-slanted and repositioned engine is acquitting itself quite nicely in the opening rounds of Supercross. After James Stewart won on the new YZ450F in Anaheim, Josh Hill gave the new Yamaha its second podium appearance in as many weeks at Chase Field in Phoenix last Saturday.
After setting the fastest time on the YZ450F in practice, Stewart suffered a bad crash during his heat race and left trackside in some pain. It was questionable whether Stewart would return.
After an incredible Supercross win in the 2010 opening round, James Stewart finds himself trailing in the points early in the season once again. The second round of the 2010 Supercross season in Phoenix began stunningly when the opening-round points-leader Stewart had a scary crash during his first heat race. Fans were not sure if Stewart would be able to continue.
Eventually, the ’09 Supercross Champ was able to overcome some obvious pain. In dramatic fashion Stewart took the win in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). This was good enough to place him in the main event.
Defending Supercross Champion James Stewart confirms that he will be competing in X Games 15 in Best Whip, Super X and Supermoto racing. "I’m pumped to have a chance to attend and compete," says Stewart. "I have always wanted to do the X Games, but this is the first time that it has actually worked out contract and schedule wise."
In fact just hours before showtime, Stewart and his team are hard at work in California dialing in his hybrid roadracer/dirtbike Yamaha YZ450F Supermoto race machine.